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OGN Tuesday

Keeping your spirits up with a collection of good news nuggets.

  • Remember the immortal words of Dame Vera Lynn: ‘It is so important to keep going, keep smiling and keep hoping’. And, of course, we'll meet again!

  • The Fauci Effect: Even as college and university enrollment overall has dropped this Autumn, there has been a wave of what officials say is a record number of applicants to medical school. The number of applicants is up 18 percent this year over last year, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, driven by the example of medical workers and public health figures such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

  • Queen's Green Canopy: Britons will be encouraged to plant trees to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70th anniversary on the throne as part of a plan to create a greener country in honour of her seven decades of service.

  • A traditional diesel-powered tractor will produce approximately 14 times more emissions than an ordinary car. This fact alone makes it clear that the farming industry needs a clean alternative to the conventional tractors of today. Enter Monarch Tractor, a California-based firm that has created an all-electric tractor that has no emissions. Not only that, but the tractor is also able to operate with or without a driver, using 360-degree cameras and other autonomous technologies to drive itself.

  • How to boost your immune system: Grim as things are at the moment, the good news is that there are still steps we can take now to boost our immunity. Here are 5 top tips.

  • Congratulations to Grace Moore, aged 12, who has just become one of the youngest composers ever to compose original music for the world famous New York City Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • Blustery winter weather helped Great Britain’s windfarms set a record for clean power generation, which made up more than 40 percent of its electricity on Friday, narrowly beating the previous record set in early January this year. Coal and gas plants made up less than a fifth of electricity generated.

  • Gay penguins become dads: Not once, but twice!

  • If you're looking for something festive, then how about joining Chichester Festival Theatre for their A Merry Little Christmas Celebration starring Simon Callow, Daniel Evans, Penelope Wilton and more? It's being live streamed tomorrow at 7pm GMT, Wednesday 23 December.

  • Take inspiration from Jake Pratt: Ever since he was a young boy, doctors warned him that he "would never be a functional member of society" because he has Down Syndrome. But as he grew older, Jake broke down many barriers and proved them wrong. "He wanted to be on the high school football team when some people thought that was impossible, but he did it," says Jake’s sister. "He wanted to score a touchdown in a game, and he did. He wanted to go to college, and he did. He wanted to get his driver's permit, and he scored a perfect 100 on the exam." And now, with support and love from his family, the young man has even landed a job at the nationwide delivery service UPS. "We are proud to have Jake on our team! Keep up the great work, Jake!" UPS staff members wrote on Twitter.

  • For your musical delectation (and to mark Beethoven's 250th birthday) here is a beautiful video of Ode to Joy.

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